August Horch established theÂ Horch brand in 1899 at Cologne. ConflictsÂ with the financial officer forced Horch to set up his second company, the Audi Automobilwerke in Zwickau. In 1932, HorchÂ was merged with Audi, DKW and Wanderer to form the Auto Union AG. Horch was the most successful automotive manufacturer in the displacement class over four litres with 55% of the market share. The luxury car manufacturer was known for its long flowing fenders.Â The Horch factory at Zwickau produced the legendaryÂ Silver Arrows Grand Prix racing cars of the Auto Union in the 1930s.
Horch 10-12 hp Tonneau
In 1903, Horch presented the Tonneau bodied model which produced 10-12 hp. The 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine modelÂ was limited to 40 cars.Â The rear axles of the cars of those days were driven by chain, but this tonneau had a shaft instead for transmitting power from front to rear.
Audi 14/35 PS Type C Phaeton
Horch stated that â€œwith the design of this automobile we were at least ten years ahead of our timeâ€. This car won the Austrian Alpine Rally for three successive times between 1912 and 1914.Â The production number of Type C Phaetons was 1116.
HorchÂ 670 V12 Sport Cabriolet
The Paris Motor Show of 1931 saw Horch introduce the technologically advancedÂ 670 V12 Sport Cabriolet. The V12 engine showcased the best engine technology. It used a hydraulic valve clearance adjuster and vibration dampers to ensure smoothness during running of the vehicle.Â The production number of the V12Â SportÂ Cabriolets was onlyÂ 58 between 1931 and 1934.
HorchÂ 853 Cabriolet
In 1935, Horch introduced the straight 8-cylinder 100 bhp engine with a displacement of 5-liters. The shorter wheelbase version was termed as the 853. The 853 became extremely popular for theÂ luxurious features it offered forÂ a competitive price. Later in 1937, Horch presented the 853A Sport Cabriolet with a powerful 120 bhp engine. It was considered as one of the finestÂ carsÂ ever producedÂ by Horch in terms of performance, luxuriousness, stylingÂ and its unique long flowing fenders.
HorchÂ 855 Special Roadster
The most exclusive and expensive model ever built by Horch was the 855 Special Roadster. Horch built only seven of these SpecialÂ Roadsters. A 120 hp producing V8 engine powered this Â car. The 855 was one of the luxurious cars of that era.